NFL Preseason: ESPN Hits Another Multi-Year Low

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For the second straight week, ESPN hit a multi-year low for NFL preseason action.

Thursday’s Chargers/Bears NFL preseason game drew just under 3.0 million viewers on ESPN, down 45% from Cowboys/Raiders on a Monday last year (5.4M), and down 40% from Jets/Texans on a Monday in 2011 (5.0M).

Chargers/Bears ranks as the least-viewed NFL preseason game on ESPN since at least 2007 (viewership prior to 2008 was not available). The previous low was set a week earlier by Bengals/Falcons (3.1M).

Dating back to last year, the past three preseason games on ESPN have ranked as the network’s three least-viewed since 2007.

Overall, Chargers/Bears ranks as the least-viewed preseason game on ESPN, NBC, FOX or CBS since Jaguars/Washington on NBC in 2008 (2.8M).

Despite the lower numbers, Thursday’s game drew more viewers than ESPN’s top MLB telecast of the season — Yankees/Red Sox on July 21 (2.6M).

(Thu. numbers from The Futon Critic)

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  • JayWeezy

    I got a request can we get all of the NBC Sports numbers for Premier League, Gymnastics, and Track & Field this weekend?

    • Paulsen

      I’ll see if I can get those numbers.

      • JayWeezy

        Thanks for getting all of those numbers posted, I appreciate it.

    • Paulsen

      I wrote about the track & field and Premier League numbers already, but here are the gymnastics overnights: 1.7 overnight on Saturday, 0.8 on Sunday.

  • odmike

    Lots of people have cut off their cable and satellite in these economically difficult times, and killing two birds with one stone by going to one of the nearby preferable watering holes not far from their residence or workplace to watch the games.